April 4 – Tripa Petition
There’s an urgent situation going on in Sumatra and we need your help in spreading the word to your colleagues, friends and family. The more publicity and signatures we can bring to this, the greater the chance of survival for the orangutans.A firestorm is sweeping across protected forests of the Tripa peat swamps, an area that is home to some of the most important orangutan populations anywhere on earth. The fires have been set as part of the illegal expansion of palm oil plantations and are burning within a National Strategic Area for Environmental Protection in Indonesia known as the Leuser Ecosystem.
Philadelphia Zoo partner, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP), has alerted us to the situation and is asking for our help in getting signatures from around the world to convince the Indonesian government to uphold their own laws and stop this illegal activity.
SOCP has flown over Tripa and been on the ground in the last few days and have witnessed two concessions working to destroy as much forest as fast as they can. The orangutan population living in the peat swamp forest is all that remains of Tripa’s population of the Critically Endangered Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and will be gone altogether before the end of 2012 if this current pace is maintained.
Please sign and forward this petition to as many people as you can as quickly as possible - Online Petition: Enforce the law protecting Tripa Peat Swamp and its Orangutan populations
This video shows what’s going on now in Aceh, the province in Northern Sumatra where Tripa is located: